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AOA-ODNR Tree Planting at Fickardt Farm Preserve

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Now that the winter cold has wound down and spring is in the air, get out and enjoy our natural world.  Tree planting season is upon us now that the ground is warming.  AOA is partnering with ODNR, the Girl Scouts, and other groups to plant tree seedlings at AOA’s Fickardt Farm Preserve.  The event is part of a massive reforestation effort AOA is undertaking this spring that includes the planting of thousands of new trees (more information on this effort coming soon).

Help us make a lasting difference by helping to plant 1,200 new trees to reforest a two-acre portion of the Big Darby Creek corridor in Pickaway County.  A variety of new hardwood trees will reclaim and restore a section of old field, reestablishing the upland forest habitat and enhancing the natural buffer along Big Darby Creek.  Natural stream corridors are critical to the protection of water quality and aquatic species such as mussels, that are critically endangered.

Big Darby Creek is designated a state and national scenic river.  It is widely recognized for the diversity of aquatic species that make a home in the river.  The 276-acre Fickardt Farm Preserve protects 4,300 linear feet of riparian corridor.  It is a primary component of AOA’s Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor Initiative and one of 12 preserves totaling nearly 1,400-acres AOA has recently conserved along the Big Darby.

Afterwards, feel free to wander the preserve with AOA staff and explore the mature forests and the beautiful wildflower covered slopes.

The Fickardt Farm Tree Planting and other AOA events are free and open to the public.  AOA will provide the necessary planting implements, gloves and trees to plant.  This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and site conditions.  The fields may be wet or muddy if we get rain in the preceding days.  This is a family-friendly event – feel free to bring the kids and instill land and nature stewardship values.

Time:  Meet at 9:00 a.m.  This event will last until noon.  Please feel free to stay as long as you like.

What to Bring:  Snacks, lunch and/or drinks of your choice.  Insect repellant is recommended during tick season.

Location:  AOA’s Fickardt Farm Preserve is located on the north side of London Road, on the west bank of Big Darby Creek, a few miles south of Darbyville and west of Circleville.  Use 20180 London Road, Circleville, as a Google Street address.  Look for AOA signs along the road.  AOA staff and volunteers will direct parking.

Google Map Link:,+Circleville,+OH+43113/@39.6428148,-83.0531975,758m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88477ae568478923:0x832a72c09d641888!8m2!3d39.6428107!4d-83.0506226?entry=ttu







April 6
9:00 am - 12:00 pm